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Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Sunshine Coast Council area, making up 16.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in RDA Sunshine Coast Region regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across Sunshine Coast Council area.

NOTE: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Sunshine Coast Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Sunshine Coast Council area 20162011Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,3242.14.92,0152.14.9+309
Mining2300.23.72740.34.1-44
Manufacturing5,6685.15.86,6526.97.9-984
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9490.91.29321.01.3+17
Construction10,4209.47.68,0978.47.9+2,323
Wholesale Trade2,2992.12.33,0553.23.2-756
Retail Trade13,15511.910.713,21613.811.7-61
Accommodation and Food Services10,3009.38.79,0999.58.4+1,201
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,2863.04.33,2443.44.5+42
Information Media and Telecommunications1,2111.11.01,2211.31.0-10
Financial and Insurance Services3,3523.01.82,8293.02.0+523
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,7082.42.02,3322.41.9+376
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,3455.74.55,6155.94.6+730
Administrative and Support Services3,7493.43.22,7032.82.7+1,046
Public Administration and Safety4,3423.96.04,1764.46.0+166
Education and Training10,6619.69.28,3798.78.1+2,282
Health Care and Social Assistance18,20716.413.214,33715.011.8+3,870
Arts and Recreation Services2,2692.01.71,6281.71.5+641
Other Services4,5604.14.03,9064.14.0+654
Industry not classified4,8124.34.22,1162.22.4+2,696

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: 4.9% Mining, Regional QLD: 3.7% Manufacturing, Regional QLD: 5.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: 1.2% Construction, Regional QLD: 7.6% Wholesale Trade, Regional QLD: 2.3% Retail Trade, Regional QLD: 10.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: 8.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: 4.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: 1.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: 2.0% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: 4.5% Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: 6.0% Education and Training, Regional QLD: 9.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: 13.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: 1.7% Other Services, Regional QLD: 4.0% Industry not classified, Regional QLD: 4.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.1% Mining, Sunshine Coast Council area: 0.2% Manufacturing, Sunshine Coast Council area: 5.1% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 0.9% Construction, Sunshine Coast Council area: 9.4% Wholesale Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.1% Retail Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: 11.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 9.3% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Sunshine Coast Council area: 3.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Sunshine Coast Council area: 1.1% Financial and Insurance Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 3.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.4% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 5.7% Administrative and Support Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 3.4% Public Administration and Safety, Sunshine Coast Council area: 3.9% Education and Training, Sunshine Coast Council area: 9.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Sunshine Coast Council area: 16.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.0% Other Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 4.1% Industry not classified, Sunshine Coast Council area: 4.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Sunshine Coast Council area: +309 Mining, Sunshine Coast Council area: -44 Manufacturing, Sunshine Coast Council area: -984 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +17 Construction, Sunshine Coast Council area: +2,323 Wholesale Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: -756 Retail Trade, Sunshine Coast Council area: -61 Accommodation and Food Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +1,201 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Sunshine Coast Council area: +42 Information Media and Telecommunications, Sunshine Coast Council area: -10 Financial and Insurance Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +523 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +376 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +730 Administrative and Support Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +1,046 Public Administration and Safety, Sunshine Coast Council area: +166 Education and Training, Sunshine Coast Council area: +2,282 Health Care and Social Assistance, Sunshine Coast Council area: +3,870 Arts and Recreation Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +641 Other Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: +654 Industry not classified, Sunshine Coast Council area: +2,696
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Sunshine Coast Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (18,207 local workers 16.4%)
  • Retail Trade (13,155 local workers 11.9%)
  • Education and Training (10,661 local workers 9.6%)

In combination these three industries employed 42,023 people in total or 37.9% of local workers.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.7% in Retail Trade; and 9.2% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Sunshine Coast Council area and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (16.4% compared to 13.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (0.2% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2.1% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (3.9% compared to 6.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Sunshine Coast Council area were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,870 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+2,696 local workers)
  • Construction (+2,323 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+2,282 local workers)

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